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Buckley: Sidebottom "a ball player"

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Steele Sidebottom three-game suspension is not reflective of the way his midfielder plays his football.

2:44pm  Jun 3, 2014

Sidebottom charged with rough conduct

Midfielder Steele Sidebottom has been offered a three match suspension after being charged with rough conduct by the AFL's Match Review Panel.

4:02pm  Jun 2, 2014

On This Day: Steele's breakout game

Sidebottom kicks five, beating the Crows at Victoria Park and our first ever VFL game way back in 1897.

7:19am  May 8, 2014

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Steele
Sidebottom

Height
180 cm
DOB
02-01-1991
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2014
19
Career
127
Goals
2014
14
Career
99
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2053
Avg
108
SteeleSidebottom

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Congupna (VIC)
Clubs: Collingwood (2009-2014)
Debut: Round 7 2009 v St Kilda
Recruited from: Murray U18
Brownlow Votes: 19

It is difficult to remember that Sidebottom is only 23 years of age, considering he is already a veteran of 108 senior games. In fact, Sidebottom has played 108 of a possible 118 games since his debut in round seven, 2009, and has tasted defeat on only 28 occasions. The youngest of five brothers, he is one of the fittest players at the club, and his engine, coupled with his goal sense, has made him a versatile option for his coaches. His disposal on both sides of his body is a feature of his game, as is his tenacious tackling. His reputation as a finals specialist, fueled by a best afield display in the 2008 TAC Cup U18 Grand Final, was sealed in 2010 when he was one of Collingwood's best in both the drawn Grand Final and the Replay. As he enters his sixth season, Sidebottom is poised to take his game to the next level.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Sidebottom was one of three Collingwood players to play in all 23 games in 2013. His form was consistent all season long. It started off with Sidebottom spending time deeper inside 50 and ended after a stint as a distributor at half back. Sidebottom opened the season with three goals, 21 disposals and a Brownlow vote against North Melbourne and cut Richmond to pieces with four goals and 21 possessions in round four. So consistent was his early season form that he polled one Brownlow vote in five separate matches.

As the year wore on, Sidebottom began to spend more time behind the ball and was effective with five rebound 50s in his 100th game against Adelaide and later against the Bombers in round 19. A perennial big game player, Sidebottom had 29 possessions and four tackles in the loss to Port Adelaide in the Elimination Final. Third place in the Copeland Trophy was a fitting reward for another consistent season.

Season By Season

As expected, the hard-running forward was offered the challenge of spending more time in the midfield last season and embraced the role wholeheartedly, playing every game but one. Had a strong first half of the season before he lost a bit of consistency after the bye. Signed a two-year contract extension in June and came fourth in the Copeland Trophy.

Season By Season

Premiership success continued to follow him as he was a member of the side’s NAB Cup triumph over Essendon. Didn’t miss a match all year despite having only just turned 21 on the eve of the season. Improved in all statistical facets of his game, highlighted by his 28 disposal and three goal performance against the Western Bulldogs in round six that earned him three Brownlow votes.

Continued to establish himself as a tenacious tackler, a standout performance of 11 tackles against West Coast in round 10 adding to his 107 for the season. His impact lessened as the year wore on, kicking only three goals in his last seven games. Didn’t let the side down in the Grand Final, though, with 23 possessions and two goals in the loss to Geelong.

Backed up his exciting finish to 2009 to play 25 of the 26 games in the club’s premiership year. Missed only one match due to a calf strain, and contributed 24 goals. His personal highlight was a five goal, 16 disposal haul against the Kangaroos in round seven.

Won a career-high 28 disposals in round 21 against Adelaide, and saved his very best for the finals. Kicked three against the Bulldogs in the qualifying final, two against the Cats in the preliminary final, and was one of Collingwood’s cleanest ball users in the Grand Final draw with St Kilda. Came within a whisker of a Norm Smith Medal seven days later when he accrued 25 possessions and kicked two goals. Finished eighth in the Copeland Trophy - a remarkable effort considering he was yet to turn 21.

Spent the first six weeks in the VFL before opportunity knocked at senior level. Paul Medhurst’s late withdrawal paved the way for Sidebottom to debut against St Kilda on a Monday evening at Docklands in round seven. Despite the 88 point shellacking, Sidebottom was not disgraced as he gathered 22 disposals.

He made steady progress, yo-yoing between the seniors and the VFL for much of the year to play 11 games in total. Came of age in the semi final against Adelaide when he had a career high 25 disposals, 10 tackles and seven marks as the Pies won by less than a kick. The night confirmed Sidebottom’s status as a big game player, remarkable considering he was only 18 years of age.

Played for the Murray Bushrangers U18s in the TAC Cup. Represented Vic Country at the U18 National Championships. Sprung to prominence in the TAC Cup Grand Final, when he kicked 10 goals, had 34 possessions, 14 marks and 10 clearances from the midfield to win the TAC Medal. Was selected by Collingwood with pick No 11 in the National Draft.

A member of the AIS-AFL Academy intake.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 17.2
    • Handballs 9.5
    • Disposals 26.7
    • Marks 5.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.1
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 108.1

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 27 Hawthorn Rd 23
Handballs 18 West Coast Eagles Rd 20
Disposals 36 Hawthorn Rd 23
Marks 12 North Melbourne Rd 5
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Carlton Rd 15
Goals 3 Essendon Rd 6
AFL Fantasy 147 Carlton Rd 15

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 46 - 116 15 7 22 3 0 1 0 3 0 3 84
2 Sydney Swans W 69 - 89 9 6 15 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 56
3 Geelong Cats L 76 - 87 21 8 29 5 0 1 0 6 1 1 126
4 Richmond W 72 - 110 16 6 22 3 0 0 0 5 1 0 95
5 North Melbourne W 93 - 58 24 10 34 12 0 0 0 3 0 1 141
6 Essendon W 83 - 60 18 8 26 3 0 3 0 6 3 0 124
7 Carlton W 70 - 104 12 7 19 5 0 1 0 2 0 1 75
9 Adelaide Crows L 76 - 55 15 12 27 9 0 0 0 2 0 3 107
10 West Coast Eagles W 109 - 101 20 9 29 4 0 1 1 5 1 1 115
11 St Kilda W 54 - 140 14 8 22 5 0 0 1 6 0 0 94
12 Melbourne W 28 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Western Bulldogs L 98 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Hawthorn L 115 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Carlton W 91 - 76 17 16 33 6 0 1 1 9 2 0 147
16 Gold Coast Suns L 80 - 75 16 10 26 7 0 0 0 1 1 0 99
17 Essendon L 103 - 39 17 11 28 9 0 0 1 3 0 0 109
18 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 98 22 10 32 10 0 0 2 3 0 1 123
19 Port Adelaide W 76 - 70 25 6 31 8 0 1 0 4 2 2 142
20 West Coast Eagles L 126 - 66 15 18 33 5 0 0 3 2 1 0 101
21 Brisbane Lions L 56 - 123 13 11 24 4 0 0 1 6 0 0 94
22 GWS Giants W 67 - 75 11 9 20 3 0 1 1 8 1 0 96
23 Hawthorn L 56 - 121 27 9 36 4 0 2 2 3 1 0 125
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 11 327 181 508 109 0 12 13 78 14 14 2053

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 127
    • Kicks 13.0
    • Handballs 9.0
    • Disposals 22.0
    • Marks 5.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.9
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 91.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 27 Hawthorn Rd 23, 2014
Handballs 19 Brisbane Lions Rd 7, 2012
Disposals 38 Geelong Cats Rd 8, 2012
Marks 12 North Melbourne Rd 5, 2014
Hit-outs 1 North Melbourne Rd 23, 2013
Tackles 11 West Coast Eagles Rd 10, 2011
Goals 5 North Melbourne Rd 7, 2010
AFL Fantasy 150 Melbourne Rd 11, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Collingwood 327 181 508 109 0 12 13 78 14 14 2053
2013 Collingwood 360 194 554 120 2 13 16 77 19 10 2227
2012 Collingwood 377 258 635 133 1 18 11 89 14 13 2485
2011 Collingwood 275 214 489 128 1 13 24 107 25 13 2170
2010 Collingwood 253 209 462 105 1 18 14 101 24 13 2030
2009 Collingwood 82 85 167 42 0 8 5 44 3 3 732

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Career

AFL: 108 games, 85 goals

VFL: 11 games, 9 goals

NAB Cup: 16 games, 3 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Collingwood v St Kilda, Round 7 2009 at Etihad Stadium

50 AFL Games: Collingwood v North Melbourne, Round 16 2011 at the MCG

100 AFL Games: Collingwood v Adelaide, Round 16 2013 at the MCG

Draft History

Selected at No. 11 (by Collingwood) in the 2008 National Draft

Awards

AFL Awards

Collingwood Premiership Side 
2010 

Collingwood Pre-Season Premiership Side 
2011

Club Awards

J.J. Joyce Trophy (3rd Best-and-Fairest)
2013

R.T. Rush Trophy (4th Best-and-Fairest)
2012

Other

Murray Bushrangers TAC Cup Premiership Side
2008

TAC Medal (Best On Ground in the TAC Cup Grand Final)
2008